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Rising Sydney Author Justin Sheedy’s Latest Now Stocked by Abbeys Bookshop – THE Independent Bookstore of Sydney CBD

2 April 2014

Author Justin Sheedy at Abbeys BooksDespite being knocked back by every publishing company in Australia (the story of EVERY now high-flying Australian author), Sydney independent author Justin Sheedy is delighted to see his latest warmly-received book on the shelves of ABBEY’S BOOKS – iconic independent bookstore and ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ for book-lovers right in the heart of Central Sydney.

Goodbye CrackernightAbbey’s Books have been an ardent supporter of Sheedy’s works since his first in 2009, GOODBYE CRACKERNIGHT, his comic & tearful true tale of growing up in 1970s Australia – back in a long-lost time when a child’s proudest possession was not a PlayStation but a second-hand bike, the book being so well received by Australian (and international) readers that it saw Sheedy invited to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2010.

Nor the Years CondemnIn 2012 Sheedy broke Australian in-store sales records with NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN, Book 1 in his ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ historical fiction trilogy bringing to life the stunning true story of the young Australians who, in World War II, flew Spitfires against the might of Nazi tyranny. “Imagine your grandfather, when he was 21, was a real-life superhero who crossed the planet to fight against the worst evil imaginable in the most exciting way possible and won,” said Sheedy. “Though despite his victory he ends up an old man surrounded by the ghosts of all his friends who remain 21. It’s a story impossibly exciting, dramatic and tragic and it’s all true. One of shining young men cursed never to grow old.” NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN saw Sheedy invited to the 2012 Gloucester Writers’ Festival where the book not only sold out but won a key Festival prize.

Ghosts of the EmpireSheedy’s latest release, GHOSTS OF THE EMPIRE, Book 2 in his ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ saga, is now on the shelves of ABBEY’S BOOKS.  Sheedy would like to thank ALL at ABBEY’S for their past & present support and looks forward to near-future book-signing events at the store.  Rave Reviews of Nor the Years Condemn HERE, of Ghosts of the Empire HERE, full story description below.


As the storm of World War II breaks, Mick O’Regan is a peaceful Sydney working-class boy. Yet he and the shining youth of his generation are cursed to enter a world of high-speed life and death. Like first-time Aussie backpackers they cross the planet to save the British Empire, their job on arrival the most dangerous of the War: flying for Royal Air Force Bomber Command. 

Justin Sheedy in Abbeys Books window display

Justin Sheedy in Abbeys Books window display

Based on a true Australian war story only now being brought to life by author Justin Sheedy’s vivid historical fictions, “Ghosts of the Empire” is also a story of young people living life to the full while they can – in a blacked-out world where dance partners, sex and death flow in equal abundance.

Though standing on its own as the white-knuckle excitement saga that it is, “Ghosts of the Empire” is the much-anticipated sequel to “Nor the Years Condemn”, Sheedy’s highly acclaimed story of shining young men destined never to grow old. ‘Ghosts’, it is said, are the spirits of those who die violently, tragically, or when ripped from life too young. “Ghosts of the Empire” is their story.

Abbey's Bookshop, York Street, Central Sydney

Abbey’s Bookshop, York Street, Central Sydney

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